Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

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    Some of them make such helping handles and, in the mental model I had, I would ensure that the frame that holds the front fairing was also usable as handles. The big advantage of a 30cm high seat is that...
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    Yes. It always was a non-starter, unless Tesla had merely rented the batteries, and guaranteed them itself. That system has worked in the past in other contexts. In the sort of urban runabout I have been describing, you could swap...
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    No, it is NOT centre of gravity height - it is torso and head orientation. Very few people have any difficulty sitting even on the floor or in a sports car - getting down and up (or in and out)...
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    It's not my evaluation for Europe, though might be for the USA and Australia. I could do it without even establishing an authoritarian state - as far as ordinary people are concerned. But it WOULD need martial law powers over...
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    See Damian (#573) for an explanation of your outburst. That is said in Cambridge, too, and is partially true, but my limited surveying is that pedestrian negligence causes many times more serious injuries to cyclists than the other way round....
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    I found a fullish description once. Like all such rules, it was a (poor) best fit to limited data, and was recommended only as a guideline. It was also unclear whether it applied to smooth or rough roads (the damage...
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    Not really. From a practical point of view, this is just same old, same old but with brass knobs on. From what I can see, the units still have to be physically transported, can be used only once, and cannot...
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    Road fees are, but road costs are much higher, because they are paid for in many different ways (including the railways, utilities companies, landowners and more). As far as I know, we don't even know what they are in the...
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    By over a factor of ten in power, weight, gimmickry and ecological impact....
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    As I said, I am thinking radically. No, I am NOT talking about introducing a new design into the existing system and expecting people to convert to it. Think of me as a fellow traveller of Extinction Rebellion....
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    I dispute that the UK is heading for irrelevance, because it is likely to achieve the status of a horrible example. But, as far as its influence on China goes, you are quite right....
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    My trike is c. 0.9m wide, I ride in the same position as sitting in a low armchair with my feet up, I corner pretty hard, and there is no problem. Few people who try such things without holding a...
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    On second thoughts, the bottom end version would be somewhere below that in footprint - possibly even 2m x 1m....
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    A Skoda Fabia, with as few gizmos as I could manage. All right, the width difference is only millimetres and the weight only 10%, but it's there. The reason that I regard the e.GO as a monstrosity is in terms...
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    In the UK, petrol has been over $10 a gallon (even a US gallon, until the recent drop in sterling) for some time :-)...
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    (a) The USA is extreme in this respect, I agree, due to its automobile worship. It's a LOT less true in most other countries. (b) In the UK, we are talking about something like doubling our road maintenance costs, with...
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    No, I am talking about something a small fraction of that size, weight, speed and power consumption. Dammit, that monstrosity is wider and heavier than my current car!...
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    Yes. Try this (it wasn't the one I got that from, either): https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data But your figures might be right, as the published ones are all over the shop, partly due to everybody estimating (measuring is too strong) different things....
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    And it doesn't help much for the bridge problem....
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    That is almost certainly true about costs which, in our monetarist societies, are far more about scale than difficulty. But it's irrelevant to the ecological issues. Unfortunately, (a) road vehicles are still nowhere near the top carbon dioxide sources, (b)...
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    Please learn to read more carefully and realise that at least some of us look at issues a bit more deeply than the polemic. Manufacture and recycling vary in difficulty, and have serious ecological costs of their own (often including...
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    As you say about vehicle weight and road damage, but there are other problems it makes worse, too. One is that a heavy vehicle hitting a house often brings the house down, another is the extra harm when a victim's...
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    Yes. The factor of at least two came from an analysis I did of the UK data, but including the conversion of domestic and commercial heating to electricity. And we would also need to do the same to our distribution...
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    You haven't been reading my posts carefully enough! Look at #373 for an example :-) England's Planners (I can't speak for Scotland) are given a policy by mandarins in Whitehall, often in secret, and one aspect is to be hostile...
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    "The difference is the the climate damage from electric cars at least has the potential to be near-zero, where fossil cars guarantee catastrophe." That is NOT true, not even remotely. They will eliminate the carbon dioxide produced by burning fuel...
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    Before the Planners and so-called Cycle Campaign made the only useful routes from my house too dangerous for me to use any longer, I used to do more mileage on my bicycle than my car....
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    It is a classic incompetence of Planners to assume that the only road users are people who use the farcility daily, followed only by the ones of producing farcilities that can be used safely only by ignoring the rules, and...
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    The handbrake requirement used to be only 25%, too - I don't know if it still is - and there are plenty of slopes steeper than that....
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    Ryanair would love that!...
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    A nice one!...
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